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  • Need tips for creating long videos

    I’d like to make an extended (2 to 3 hours - maybe more?) video with a mix of my music. It will most likely have a static image and no actual video footage, just music. Is the movie maker software that comes with Windows adequate for this, or is there a better (and cheap) solution? It would be nice to be able to put individual music tracks and have them mixed together in the software rather than create one large music file in Ableton. I see there are a couple of options Openshot and Shotcut, so I may try one of those. Just thought someone may have done this before and figured out the best option.

    Thanks for your recommendations!

    Mark Cotton
    Another Neglected Hobby
    Last edited by Anotherneglectedhobby; 08-08-2018, 06:38 AM.

  • #2
    You could actually use Reaper for that. It has some basic video processing capabilities. I used Reaper with a static image at 1 frame per second to quickly get a video at a small filesize for this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22h9ZhmKTpU

    HitFilm Express is a free video editor that is much more capable for video. And with a few YouTube tutorials you can get into working with it pretty quickly. It's what I used for this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6-WK2_-Hgc and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEz8WB2LYyU
    It can be used with multiple video and audio tracks.
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    • #3
      I've used Shotcut and I believe it would be sufficient for even more than you describe. It has a selection of video effects and could certainly do crossfades if you wanted to use more than one static image (or video clip). It allow one to import the audio track. used it for this short video:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tuSoCoGbF8. I used Shotcut to crop the video and for the sepia tone filter. and to export the video (I do not remember clearly which video format I used...).

      ablaut is correct about Reaper. It has some video editaing capability and can export your audio/video in video format.

      I have not used Windows Moviemaker enough to know if it has the "Ken Burns" effect. iMovie on Mac does and it adds interest to a static image by panning and/or zooming through the still image. Several stills with the Ken Burns treatment with crossfades between them would be pretty easy to do and would add interest to the video.
      Extreme complication is contrary to art.
      — Claude Debussy

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      • #4
        Thanks guys! I appreciate the feedback.

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        • #5
          I've been poking around at Windows Video Editor and it has motion options and different filters etc but not seeing where it offers crossfades. Otherwise looks like it would be pretty adequate, if not the best of options available. I take it that's what replaced Movie Maker, which may have been better.

          https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...e-for-download

          I can see how Reaper's editor is pretty useful for composing to video, but haven't dug much further into it. Handbrake.fr seems to be a must have given the files sizes Reaper gives me after rendering, though that hasn't been for static images and was at default 30fps. OBS Studio is pretty great for game and screen captures, just not at the default settings - one could get pretty creative with that i think without it being a huge time consuming effort(maybe figuring out licensing terms aside).
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          • #6
            I ended up downloading a free video editor called Shotcut. https://shotcut.org/ It took a little bit of playing around to figure out how it works. I made 2.5 hour 3.5 hour and 4.5 hour videos with static images pretty easily. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3L...IYEe4HrngqiU1w

            Mark Cotton
            Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux

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            • #7
              Hi Mark,

              Nice to see you found a solution for your needs

              I love your project name by the way haha! Another Neglected Hobby... Although I am currently sampling N1 from drone 2 and you obviously haven't neglected this particular hobby...


              Regarding your videos, why are you not exploring avenues to add a bit of movement to your pictures?

              Check out this video by another AO member, Astrofaros who uses an application called Zoetropic to animate a still photo.

              Personally, I like to create flame fractal animations but the full featured software isn't free and it can take literally days for my laptop to render the animation.


              cheers

              andy
              Bandcamp // SoundCloud // YouTube

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              • #8
                Originally posted by synkrotron View Post
                Hi Mark,

                Regarding your videos, why are you not exploring avenues to add a bit of movement to your pictures?

                andy
                Andy,

                I'd love to incorporate some actual video or fractal generation at some point but have too many irons in the fire (other neglected hobbies) to attempt something. I'd like to take some downloaded (stolen) video footage and apply the blocky distortion that is apparently related to video compression artifacts (per Google). If I wanted to spend some money I could probably buy software to produce it I suppose.

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                • #9
                  Ah, Okay, I get you

                  Something for the future perhaps?

                  cheers

                  andy
                  Bandcamp // SoundCloud // YouTube

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by synkrotron View Post
                    Ah, Okay, I get you

                    Something for the future perhaps?

                    cheers

                    andy
                    Once I return from my vacation, I will be putting together some videos that include footage I've made from the window seat of one of the planes I took to get to Canada.. I will likely be using Adobe After Effects. Crossfades and other transitions of all kinds included in After Effects.

                    "I would rather be happy than to always be 'right'."

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